Dental Crowns in Cincinnati, OH
A dental crown is a restorative dentistry treatment that is placed over a tooth to improve strength, shape and/or appearance. Dental crowns, also called “caps,” are also used as the final restoration for dental implants, serving as the replacement for the artificial tooth. Although there are several different materials that can be used for dental crowns, most dentists recommend all-porcelain dental crowns because they provide the most natural-looking restorations as they closely resemble the color and texture of natural teeth.
Dental Crowns - What To Expect
With traditional crowns, a porcelain “tooth” covers a metal cap, which is affixed to the prepared tooth remnant. While this method is excellent for restoring strength and structure to damaged teeth, the edge of the metal cap can show at the gum line. For this reason, Tepe Family Dentistry typically uses traditional porcelain-on-metal crowns only to repair back teeth. This way, patients can benefit from the added strength of the porcelain fused to metal without having to worry.
When front teeth become damaged, all-ceramic crowns provide the ultimate in aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration. All-ceramic crowns not only accurately recreate the shape of the tooth, but they have a translucent appearance that makes them appear nearly identical to your real teeth. Tepe Family Dentistry will customize your all-ceramic crown to complement the color, size, shape, and texture of your surrounding teeth. Indeed, his precision and attention to detail ensure such natural-looking results that you may forget which of your teeth was repaired.
When Are Dental Crowns Used?
Dental crowns are used when more conservative dental restorations cannot be used to improve the strength or appearance of a damaged tooth. Your dentist will determine what procedure you are eligible for based on your existing dental health and the aesthetic and functional benefits of a restorative dentistry treatment. The following are common reasons dental crowns are used to restore teeth:
To strengthen and improve the appearance and size of a tooth that has been treated for a root canal
To restore a broken or cracked tooth
To cover a misshapen tooth
To cover a dental implant
To hold a dental bridge or partial dentures in place